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Teachers' Toolkit

Teachers' Toolkit

Teachers’ Toolkit is an online directory that brings together all the University’s events, activities and resources for schools and colleges in one place.

Teachers’ Toolkit contains over 400 free resources and activities to support teachers and advisers, enhance lessons and inspire students. With new resources being added all the time, Teachers’ Toolkit can really help bring education to life for your students and support their progression to university.  

All of our activities and resources are catalogued below and the directory is easy to use and navigate. To search, you can select the type and/or audience, or simply use the free-text search box.

For any enquiries about what we offer please email

To book us to come to your school or college to deliver any of our activities you can complete our online school visit booking form.

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1914 Christmas Truce Resource Pack for Teachers

We have worked with teachers to produce a free resource pack which includes lesson plans, hand-outs, worksheets and powerpoint slide shows about the 1914 Christmas Truce. Primarily designed for 8-14 year olds and some for 15-18 year olds, the pack also contains resources for assemblies and Christmas Carol services.

Land of the Pharoahs

In this interactive session, students can discover what work and life was like in ancient Egypt through object handling and group work.

Greek Art

We know a lot about Ancient Greek life and myths, much of which we have found from the evidence they left behind. Come to the Great North Museum: Hancock and discover what we can find out through studying our extensive Ancient Greek collection.

The Structure and Function of Courts and Tribunals

These lecture slides are a bespoke version of the materials taught in the Legal Institutions and Method Stage 1 module. They provide an introduction to the teaching of law at university level, as well as providing an introduction to the structure of the English Courts System.

Great North Museum: Hancock - Visits

Through the work of our dedicated Learning Team we are increasing access to our outstanding collections through stimulating activities and programmes. We can offer handling sessions, printed resources, taught sessions, outreach into schools, bespoke activities and exhibition interpretation, which are suitable for all age ranges, abilities and backgrounds. We can help you plan and prepare for your visit and show you the wide range of resources which Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums can offer.

Sentences You Will Never Use!

"The toaster is investigating me carefully..." Have a laugh with these fun sentences that you will hopefully never need to use! In French, Spanish, German, Chinese and Japanese. Designed for use with any year group at beginner and intermediate levels.

Foreign Language Film Resources

These comprehensive film resource packs have been created by Routes into Languages NE and are used on the film study days run by the Tyneside Cinema and Routes NE.

Primary Source Analysis

This workshop introduces students to a wide range of sources and asks them to question their bias, provenance, purpose, etc. Access to original resources and use of online enquiry based learning ensures this is a source analysis lesson they are likely to remember.

Preparing to Study Geography at University

Are you or your students interested in meeting University Geography staff and current students to talk about what Geography is like at University?

Archaeology of 20th Century Conflict - Teaching Pack

"Help your pupils to give directions and describe positions in French!" Fun resources to help pupils learn to give directions and describe positions in in French. Designed for use with any year group at beginner and intermediate levels. Materials created by the Linguacast Project for the Newcastle Strand of Routes into Languages at the Language Resource Centre, Newcastle University

Paper Based GIS

Students will be introduced to the principles of geographic data and experience the difficulties associated with planning a new building development. These exercises are perfect for schools with limited computer access and can be tailored to fit your syllabus.

Introduction to Special Collections

Introduce your students to the hidden wonders of archives as they literally touch History.

WWI War Memorial Workshop

An on-campus event in which groups of up to 25 students spend a day at the University learning how to research the people named on a war memorial. This workshop focuses on the war memorial in the University's Armstrong Building but the skills your students learn during this workshop can be applied to war memorials nearer to school or home. Students will be shown how to use online search tools to find out about the fallen and will also use archival resources in the University Library.

Every Name Has a Story: Researching Memorials with Newcastle University

In this short video a Newcastle University student shows you how she went about researching one of the men named on the First World War memorial in Newcastle University's Armstrong Building, using the Internet and materials from the University archives.

A Level History Individual Inquiry: Archaeological Landscapes

The resources here were developed in partnership with Epiacum Heritage (Whitley Castle, Cumbria) They comprise a set of Research Guides for students studying A-Level History.

Investigating Prehistory: the Stone Age and the Bronze Age

In this workshop students will get to investigate an assemblage of Stone Age and Bronze Age artifacts. They will be asked to compare and contrast the objects and discuss what they think they would have been used for and who might have owned them. The workshop can then be followed up with a teacher led visit to the Ice Age to Iron Age gallery.

Humanities and Social Sciences videos

These short films give an insight into studying humanities and social science subjects at university.

Using GIS to investigate World Development

Geographic Information Systems are an extremely powerful tool that can be used for a number of applications; from making maps to determining evacuation routes out of a city. This computer based practical session will introduce your students to the ever growing world of Geographic Information Systems.

An Empire's Edge - Hadrian's Wall Uncovered

In this gallery based workshop at the Great North Museum: Hancock, students will investigate an aspect of life in the 2nd century AD. From the role of local women to being a soldier along the wall the students will get the opportunity to use handling objects and the museum displays to investigate their topic before they will present their findings back to the class and maybe even Hadrian himself...

Studying WWI War Memorials: teacher's resource pack

This pack is designed for History teachers to use in the classroom with Key Stage 3 or 4 pupils. The lessons and resources contained within it focus upon the war memorial in Newcastle University’s Armstrong Building and the role played by Armstrong College during the Great War.

Bring an Archaeologist into your School!

We offer a range of lectures, demonstrations and artefact handling sessions, delivered for free at your school, or at the University, by our outreach team

Mummies Unwrapped

The ancient Egyptian mummies in the Great North Museum: Hancock hold many secrets. In this cross-curricular workshop students will look at different types of evidence, such as x-rays and CAT scans, to find out how we know so much about the practices and beliefs of the ancient Egyptians.

'Planning the Future' - a toolkit for engaging young people in town planning

This toolkit contains a number of interactive activities which encourage young people to consider, assess and plan their local environments. The activities can be facilitated by teachers or youth leaders. Whilst some knowledge of local environmental issues might be beneficial in creating a context for the activities, further information on what is being planned locally can be sought from your local Council's website.

YACtoo: Archaeology club for young people aged 14-18

Young people thinking about a degree in Archaeology (including joint honours Archaeology/History and Archaeology/Classics or Ancient History) might like to join YACtoo: Newcastle University's branch of the Young Archaeologists Club (YAC) especially for those aged 14-18.

Visiting Newcastle Law School

Are you interested in applying to study Law at Newcastle? Would you like to visit Newcastle Law School?

Collections Captured

This image bank gives you access to some of the hidden treasures found in Newcastle University Special Collections. Designed to be easily searchable for teachers, you may just find the hidden image that you need for your lesson. Please note: this website will be constantly updated and continue to grow in regard to the number of resources available.

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

This computer based practical session will introduce your students to the ever growing world of Geographic Information Systems and delve into the weird and wonderful applications of this fantastic technology.

Authors Alive

Use Authors Alive to help you create your own Victorian story. Use its unique collection of original images (from Newcastle University Special Collections and Tyne and Wear Archives) to inspire your own story, be it horror, adventure, fantasy or romance.

Where on Earth are we? Using Geomatics to explore the world around us

This presentation introduces the world of Surveying, Mapping and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and highlights how they relate to geographical concepts and phenomena that your students will be familiar with. Satellite imagery, 3D mapping, and geohazards are just some of the examples used to show a fascinating and technical aspect to Geography.

Why study languages - bespoke school visits

Routes into Languages North East is offering to send highly motivated and skilled student ambassadors into your school to enthuse your language pupils with a desire to continue studying. Particularly successful at key transition stages (GCSE options, A-Level, HE decisions), these visits have been running for several years now and can be tailed to your requirements.

Talk of the Toon

Talk of the Toon is a collection of online resources for studying the cultural heritage of North Eastern English dialects.

Geography and Beyond. Alternatives to Geography

For students with a passion for Geography, there are a wide range of University degree courses available to them. This course encourages students to explore the aspects of Geography that they really enjoy and highlights how they might be able to explore their passion further at University.

Soldier's Possessions

An interactive activity to help students appreciate that non-textual sources such as artefacts are an important source of information about the past.

Collaborative Planning, RTPI North East Video Promotion

Factual and Promotional video posted by the Royal Town Planning Institute. Collaborative Planning Event taking Planning into Schools in the North East.

A Soldier's Possessions - with artefact loan kit

This activity is for use with KS 3/4 youngsters studying 20th-century conflict. It helps them to appreciate that non-textual sources (artefacts) are an important source of information about the past. Students work in groups and investigate four objects which might have been among the personal possessions of a soldier fighting in the trenches in WW1

Iron Age Roundhouses

Please find a useful worksheet on Iron Age Houses. This is of particular relevance to KS2, notably Invader and Settlers (Romans and Celts). If you would like more information please do use the enquiry section.

Excavate at School! The Archaeology Mini-Dig Taster Programme

Through our Higher Education Field Academy (HEFA) scheme, Newcastle University's Archaeology Schools have trialled highly successful mini excavation events with a number of schools across the region. We are now offering a similar scheme to any local school who would like to bring this exciting activity to their doorstep.

History of Mining in the North East

This interactive website uses unique original resources from Newcastle University Special Collections to take you a journey back in time to explore our rich cultural history of mining. There is opportunity to find out about local mining disasters and the horrific conditions that children as young as 6 had to endure.

Free Online Short Course - Hadrian's Wall: Life on the Roman Frontier

Newcastle University is in partnership with FutureLearn to deliver free online courses on its social learning platform.

Cholera in the North East, 1831-2

This interactive website uses Newcastle University's Special Collections' unique resources on the outbreak of cholera in 1831-2 here in Gateshead and Newcastle to imaginatively inform you of the horrific details. With interactive games, advice on source analysis and access to the original resources this website offers a unique opportunity to study primary sources from the classroom.

Fossils and Dinosaurs

Discover how paleontologists use fossils to learn about dinosaurs and other creatures from the past. This workshop is based around the use of our fossil handling collection and encourages pupils to find the evidence for themselves. It goes on to use the fossils in combination with drama to investigate how plants and animals came to be fossilised.

Gertrude Bell - An extraordinary life

Teaching resources for primary and secondary schools about the life and achievements of the Victorian explorer and archaeologist Gertrude Bell.

Module Muddle

An interactive game where students can discover the range of exciting modules offered within humanities and social science subjects. Students work in groups to earn points by matching the module titles to the subjects and in doing so understand how modules make up a university degree

Greek Fighting Forces

This workshop gives students an introduction into how ancient Greek hoplite soldiers would have trained, some of the objects they would have used and the armour they would carry into battle.

Martin Luther King in the UK: A resource pack for teachers in Key stages 2, 3 and 4

Inspired by Rev Dr Martin Luther King, Jr’s trip to Newcastle University in 1967, we have worked with schools to produce a free resource pack to help bring the legacy of Dr King alive for a new generation of young people and provoke them to think about the world they live in and how they can change it for the better.\r\n\r\n\r\n

Humanities and Social Science Debate

Encourages students to debate current affairs and topics relating to humanities and social science subjects. The session involves working in groups and introduces students to the style of learning at university.

Great North Museum: Hancock - Schools Workshops

The Great North Musuem: Hancock offers a range of workshops for schools and colleges.

Great North Museum: Hancock - Downloads

The Great North Musuem: Hancock offers a range of downloadable materials for use in the classroom.

Teaching Prehistory: Resources for Primary Schools

Three short videos and associated printable resources providing primary school teachers with ideas for delivering KS2 classes on the Stone Age and Iron Age.

Applying to Sport and Exercise Science

A presentation on how to apply to Sport and Exercise Science in general and at Newcastle University specifically. Students will be given a detailed talk on the university application process including personal statement tips.

Nutrition Workshop

This practical session allows students to investigate different types of sugars and fats. Students will learn some theory behind the subject and about careers prospects.

Applying to Nutrition

A presentation on how to apply to nutrition courses in general and at Newcastle University specifically. Students will be given a detailed talk on the university application process including personal statement tips.

Dentistry Million Pound Drop

A quick and fun quiz game on Dentistry and Newcastle University. Works great as an add on to another Medical Sciences session.

Cracking Cholera

Put your potions into practice by joining us on an interactive investigation into the causes and cures of cholera in the past and present combining the subjects of History and Science with unique access to NU Special Collections and practical work in a NU science lab.

Introduction to Pharmacology

An introduction to Pharmacology with focus on drug development and our Pharmacology course at Newcastle. The presentation also covers careers in Pharmacology.

24 Hours in A&E

An insight into what it is like to be a doctor in a busy accident and emergency department! Students will come across different patients and will need to work out how to treat them

Applying to Biomedical Sciences

A presentation focused on Biomedical Sciences that includes an introduction to a range of bioscience courses such as: Pharmacology; Biochemistry; Physiology; Genetics and Microbiology. The talk also includes advice on the application process and future career prospects.

Applying to Dentistry

A presentation on how to apply to dentistry in general and at Newcastle University specifically. Students will be given a detailed talk on the dentistry application process including personal statement and interview tips.

Applying to Medicine

This presentation focuses on how to apply to our Medicine degree. It includes information and tips on admissions and the application process as well as the UKCAT.

Applying to Psychology

An introduction to the types of Psychology degrees on offer including application tips, course outlines and future career prospects.

Medical Admissions Tests

Insight into different medical admissions tests required by different universities and a chance to practice some questions.

Biomedical Sciences Sixth Form Workshop: The Science of Disease

A chance to spend the afternoon in Newcastle University Medical School and delve into one of a range of fascinating topics based around the science of disease. All sessions are facilitated by current Newcastle University academics.

Microbiology and Me

An introduction to fungi, bacteria and viruses as well as other micro-organisms. Chance for Students to make their own micro-organism and learn about Biomedical Sciences at Newcastle University.

Info on what you study on the Pharmacy degree programme, career prospectus and how to apply to the programme.

Info on what you study on the Pharmacy degree programme, career prospectus and how to apply to the programme.

Brush Up Team - Dental Students

The Dental School's Brush-up team has a full programme of events to offer to schools covering all age groups. The interactive events and activities cover oral health and dietary advice, as well as information on careers in Dental and Oral Health.

CSI (Crime Scene Investigation)

The CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) activity combines three faculties (Science, Technology, English and Maths, Humanities and Social Sciences and Medical Sciences.)

Dentistry Workshop

An insight into the life as a student Dentist! Students will have the opportunity to test their practical dental skills though hands-on activities.

Discover Medicine

Discover Medicine enables a team of current medical students from the University to travel to local schools to deliver workshops with your pupils.

Disease Dash

An interactive game that covers all things medical science! Students will need to work together to act, draw and answer questions correctly to reach the end of the game before the deadly disease evolves.

DNA Fruit Cocktail

Students will gain an insight into Biomedical Sciences and get the opportunity to look closely at the properties and functions of DNA. They will conduct a DNA extraction from a cocktail of different fruits.

Pharmacy Workshop

An interactive session where students learn about prescribing and have the chance to make a "paracetamol" gel.

Medical Ethical Case Studies

This activity helps raise awareness of the ethical issues present within Medical Sciences through interactive case studies.

Genetics and Disease

Genetics and disease teaches students about a key method called PCR which is widely used in genetics research. Students will simulate a PCR reaction in the classroom and then explore the different methods which they could use to analyse their results, particularly gel electrophoresis.

Identification of stomatal physiology - a free teacher's resource

This fun activity will help students gain an understanding of stomatal variation between plant species and within plant species, stomatal structure, importance of stomata in controlling plants gas exchange, water lost through evaporation and its impact on the plant and plant adaptation within different habitats.

Medical Science Careers

This presentation focuses on the exciting opportunities that are available upon completion of a Medical Science related degree. Students are introduced to the range of degree programmes offered at HE institutions and associated career progression opportunities.

What is Psychology?

An overview of some of the different sectors in Psychology (social, cognitive, forensic) along with some fun and interactive activities.

Medical Workshop

A hands-on, fun and interactive session offering younger pupils the opportunity to learn more about medicine by taking part in practical activities and teaching them new skills.

Medicine and Dentistry Interview Workshop

A workshop designed to improve student's interview technique specifically for Medicine and Dentistry. The session includes advice on how to answer questions and some tips on what questions might be asked in the interview.

Psychology of learning

An interactive presentation looking at our memories and how to improve them. The session also includes information on sleep science and revision tips.

Medicine Through Time

This workshop allows students to study first hand the works of Vesalius and Pare.

Sport Science Workshop

Introduction to Sport and Exercise Science at Newcastle University along with a practical activity using an ECG machine, pulse oximeter and peak flow meters.

Psychology Sixth Form Conference

A one day conference organised by the School of Psychology at Newcastle University. The event will introduce sixth form science students to the discipline of psychology at university level.

Forensic Psychology

An overview of Forensic Psychology,offender profiling, psychopathy and eyewitness testimony.

Personal Statements and UKCAT

An interactive presentation about how to write personal statements for Medicine and Dentistry application and an overview and practice of the UKCAT test.

SOLAR (Biomedical Sciences)

A student-led group of undergraduate scientists from the School of Biomedical Sciences who will lead fun, interactive and highly engaging science workshops for a variety of age ranges. A hands-on approach to science that will leave children wanting to learn more!

Virus Game

You are a virus and you are trying to infect as many people as possible. Buy the most effective symptoms to spread your virus and try and stay unnoticed to infect 200 people quicker than your competitors. Download the instructions, symptoms and game cards from here.

Year 12 MaD Days

MaD Days (Medicine and Dentistry at Newcastle) are entering their fifth year in 2016/17 and so far we have welcomed almost 2500 students from across the area to the Medical School at Newcastle to explore the exciting world of Medicine and Dentistry.

Year 9 MaD Days

MaD Days (Medicine and Dentistry at Newcastle) are entering their fifth year in 2016/17 and so far we have welcomed almost 2000 students from across the area to the Medical School at Newcastle to explore the exciting world of Medicine and Dentistry. The days are an aspiration awareness raising experience aimed students with the desire and potential to study Medicine or Dentistry at University in the future.

Year 10 Maths Conference

Year 10 Mathematics, Statistics and Physics Conference

WISDOM: Women In Science Doing Outstanding Maths

A common misconception is that studying Mathematics is for boys. In this event we hope to dispel that myth and show girls (and their Mum, or other interested guardian) that there are strong successful women who use mathematics in a variety of interesting ways every day in their careers.

Spectroscopy in a Suitcase

We bring portable spectrometers into schools and colleges, to let students have hands-on experience running and interpreting spectra.

Explore your Universe- Schools Workshop

Exciting physics curriculum focused workshops are being offered to school children aged 10-13 as part of the University’s involvement in the Explore Your Universe: Atoms to Astrophysics project.

Year 9 and 11 MathsProblem Solving Sessions

Schools can sign up to bring up to 30 students to each session. The session consists of a number of student centred activities all of which are designed to encourage logical thought and promote problem solving skills.

A Future in Technology

This presentation focuses on the exciting opportunities that are available by choosing a technology-based degree, and students will see why technology graduates are indispensable in today's society. Students are informed of the range of technology-based degrees available within HE and the subsequent career progression possible within these degrees.

A-level Spectroscopy Visits

Schools and colleges frequently bring their year 12 or 13 classes for our Spectroscopy Workshops, designed to tie-in with current A-level specifications.


Explore the diversity of the animal kingdom - using the Museum’s real specimens and exhibits to discover the science behind the variety of life as we know it.

Amazing Adaptations

This interactive session combines the theory of evolution in working out how animals have adapted to their environment.

An Introduction to Electron Microscopy and its Applications

We welcome visits from key stage 5 pupils and their teachers to the electron microscopy laboratory at Newcastle University's Medical School. During their 1.5-2 hour visit they will learn how specimens are prepared for both scanning and transmission EM and see the electron microscopes in action.


The Animals workshop offers students the opportunity to discover how animals have adapted to different habitats and climates.

Chemistry Activities for Primary Schools

Held all year round - available upon request Currently we offer a range of experiments and demonstrations linked to a various areas of the national curriculum.

Chemistry in Your Shopping Basket

Held year-round on demand This presentation is designed to raise both awareness of Chemistry and potential careers in Chemistry through the idea that Chemistry is involved in everything around us, in this case the contents of your supermarket shopping basket! This activity is mainly aimed at students in years 5 - 8, but can be adapted for age groups ranging from reception to year 13.

Chemistry Laboratory sessions

We host an increasing number of visits annually where schools can either carry out their own experiments in our laboratories or choose from our list of available practicals which are tailored to the requirements of the major A-level specifications but often involving apparatus not available in schools, e.g. fume cupboards, rotary evaporators and infra-red spectrometers, thus giving their students the experience of practical Chemistry in a university setting.

Chemistry of the Senses

This presentation is designed to show that Chemistry is involved in the use of all our senses - Sight (light), Sound, Taste, Smell and Touch (hot & cold) through some spectacular demonstrations and audience participation.

Chemistry Outreach @ Newcastle

The School of Chemistry is committed to delivering a wide range of quality outreach activities, all of which aim to foster closer links with both local and regional schools and the wider community. Our range of core activities are mostly available on demand throughout the year and, with the exception of our A-level Revision Workshops, are completely free of charge to all schools.

Classify This: Deep Sea Creatures

An activity designed to place classification theory into practice. This activity introduces the major classification of marine animals using examples from the Deep Sea.

Classify This: Rocky Shore

An activity designed to place classification theory into practice. This activity introduces the major classification of animals which are found on the rocky shore.


Nature is huge and diverse. Explore how scientists use classification to help understand the world. This workshop uses real objects to examine different ways of classifying animals, firstly by diet, looking at the differences between carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. It then moves on to look at how we group mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds and fish.

Desert Island Survival

Pupils will learn the principles of balance diet, explore the rocky shore and gather food and the opportunity to try different types of Sea food.

Evolution and Adaptation

Investigate the processes of evolution through this hands-on workshop. The session starts with an examination of animal adaptations before considering how this helps to drive the processes of evolution

How do we plan our World? Video

Factual and Promotional video posted by the Royal Town Planning Institute to raise awareness.

Hydrothermal Vents

Hydrothermal vents are areas where the earth's tectonic plates touch.This activity is designed to help students understand the formation process and learn about the unique biological communities are present at different vent fields. The learning is consolidated with a poster making activity.

Inspiring Seas: Module A - Ship-shape: designed for speed

Life at sea used to be such a drag, but not any more! From tiny dinghies to luxury cruise liners, each ship is now designed with its own unique shape fit for purpose. Dive into this module and practically apply lessons of resistance, balanced and unbalanced forces, moments, stability and buoyancy to shipping in the comfort of your own classroom.

Inspiring Seas: Module B – Shipping in our everyday lives

From the clothes we wear to the food we eat, the shipping industry is of vital importance to us all. From the history of shipping to globalisation, commodities and trade, this module provides a valuable cross-curricular resource to supplement humanities-based education.

Inspiring Seas: Module C - Shipping and the environment

Catalytic converters aren’t just for cars. Learn about the environmental effects of shipping and how environmentally aware shipping companies are reducing their impact.

Inspiring Seas: Module D - An exploration of life in our seas

From deep sea hydrothermal vents to extreme rocky shore environments, this module highlights the vast array of weird and wonderful marine life that populates our seas.

Inspiring Seas: Module E - Protecting our marine future: what can we do?

Over a century of pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and unsustainable exploitation of our seas have put their health in serious jeopardy. Explore the importance of the oceans in our everyday lives and address the topical issues plaguing marine scientists, from the impacts of plastics in our seas to the overfishing crisis.

Inspiring Seas: Module F – Desert Island Survival Guide

Picture the scenario; you are stranded on a desert island with nothing around you except a few basic supplies and the roaring sea crashing up against the rocks that you now call home. This cross-curricular module gives enquiry-based learning an imaginative slant.

Island Escape!

"Materials to help pupils learn Weather phrases!" Fun resources covering vocabulary for describing the weather in Japanese. Designed for use with any year group at beginners level. Materials created by the Linguacast Project for the Newcastle Strand of Routes into Languages at the Language Resource Centre, Newcastle University

It's Elementary, My Dear Watson

"It's Elementary, My Dear Watson", as the name suggests, looks at the properties, reactions and uses of a range of chemical elements as an interactive powerpoint presentation with electronic voting handsets, spectacular demonstrations and some audience participation. It is aimed primarily at years 10 - 11, i.e. GCSE level, but a KS3 /Years 7-9 version is available.

Marine Biology Classification activity

This resource has been designed to introduce key concepts in marine biology and classification, while also opening up the audience to potential opportunities to study at higher education.

Marine Engineering Masterclass

This class will take place on the main campus of Newcastle University. Pupils will spend the day in the University’s Marine Engineering Department. The main focus of the day will be ship design. The aim of the day is give the pupils some insight into some of the problems associated with ship building.

Marine Mammals: Seals, Whales and Dolphins

Seals, whales and dolphins are interesting marine mammals to study. This topic introduces how to classify marine mammals, their habitats, adaptations and threats. This class gives the children an opportunity to learn via teamwork and discussion activities.

Marine Science Masterclasses – Alien Invasions

This practical one-day masterclass introduces pupils some of the human impacts on the marine environment. This class focuses on marine invasive species and how we can potentially manage the problems they cause.

Maritime Heritage: Fishing in Cullercoats

Pupils will learn about fishing in the local area of Cullercoats in the north east of England through different activities.

Maths & Stats: Visits to Schools

We have a number of staff that will be happy to go into schools to give presentations or contribute to enhancement events.

Microscopy Guide

Using microscopes in scientific research is very important for all sciences such as biology, chemistry and physics. This is an easy 'how to' guide for students using a light microscope.

Mini Beasts: Identifying Animals on Seaweed

Learning objectives Students will learn how to use a classification key Students will learn how to classify animals Students will have experience using a microscope

Mission to Mars

This workshop focuses on space travel and the problems facing current and future astronauts who spend time in space before rocketing the pupils to Mars itself where they have to work out what will useful to take with them to the Martian surface and which Earth essentials just won’t work on another planet.

Maths Murder Mystery

A selection of maths-based games that are fun, challenging and encourage use of initiative. Groups of students are confronted with a murder mystery to solve which requires lateral thinking and a unique approach.

OPAL Biodiversity Survey

Take part in the OPAL biodiversity survey and uncover the diverse range of wildlife in our hedges. You’ll contribute to valuable research and learn more about the importance of hedges and how you can improve them.

OPAL Bugs Count Survey

Do you know what bugs are living near you? Take part in Bugs Count and discover the incredible variety of invertebrates that make their home around us.

OPAL Water Survey

By taking part in the OPAL water survey, you’ll help scientists learn more about how polluted our lakes and ponds actually are – something we know surprisingly little about.

Rainbow Colours

Explore what colour is and how it is found in the natural world.

REACT: Newcastle University Student Science Magazine

{react} is a brand new science magazine, written and produced by Newcastle students. We think our stories would be of interest to Key Stage 4 and 5 students studying for science qualifications.

Regional Curriculum Resources: Your Coast

The Outreach Team ran a pilot project looking at the feasibility of a Regional Maritime Curriculum. In this particular case the high school choose to learn about the local maritime heritage. We developed complimentary activities and resources that utilised the schools locality, in each case the marine environment.


Explore the stories we can learn from rocks and discover how they teach us about Earth’s history.

Rocky Shore Ecology

This lesson on Rocky Shore Ecology is ideal if you are teaching your students about habitats, classification, survey techniques, or adaptations.

Rocky Shore Ramble

With the Dove’s marine aquarium facilities, young learners can overcome their fears of living organisms through holding and observing animals in a non-threatening space. The Dove also provides a safe base from which to stage field-based trips. We offer pupils a very hands on, practical expereince.

Sea Survival (Robinson Crusoe Day)

On the theme of Robinson Crusoe, pupils learn how they could potentially survive on the Rocky Shore.

Ship Shape

Pupils will learn about the principles of being a marine engineer. This hands on activity involves pupils designing and making their own model ship and testing it's seaworthiness!


Use the Museum’s osteology collection to investigate what skeletons are and what they do.

STEM Articulate

STEM Articulate is a fast-paced twist on the original game that will test your students’ knowledge of ‘all that is STEM’.

STEM Graduate Ambassadors

Our STEM Graduate Ambassadors offer a range of free presentations and interactive activities for Years 5 - 13 that will encourage students to think about studying a Science or Engineering related degree. We are also willing to tailor activities to your individual needs.

STEM: Careers

A great introduction to STEM in Higher Education, outlining the benefits of further study of STEM subjects.This provides an opportunity for your students to discover the vast array of transferable skills and career opportunities than can be gained from a degree in STEM. It includes specific case studies of our past STEM students.

STEM: Engineering

This presentation focuses on the exciting opportunities that are available by choosing an engineering degree, and students will see why engineering graduates are in such high demand by employers.

STEM: Maths

This presentation focuses on the exciting opportunities that are available by choosing a mathematics degree, and students will see why mathematics graduates are in such high demand by employers.

STEM: Science

This presentation focuses on the exciting opportunities that are available by choosing a science degree, and students will see why science graduates are in such high demand by employers. Students are informed of the range of science degrees available within HE and the subsequent career progression possible within these degrees.

STEM: Technology

This presentation focuses on the exciting opportunities that are available by choosing a technology-based degree, and students will see why technology graduates are in such high demand by employers. Students are informed of the range of technology-based degrees available within HE and the subsequent career progression possible within these degrees.

Street Science - Thinking Like A Scientist

This workshop uncovers new types of scientists by breaking down the stereotype. The group will 'Predict, Experiment and Observe' during our interactive STEM demonstrations.

The ocean as a resource: Inventions from the Sea

This activity introduces the topic of marine inventions and how we exploit the resources from the ocean.

The World of Chemistry

This fun and interactive workshop is designed to show students how Chemistry is in everything around us. Your class will be awazed and inspired by the hands on experiments on show.

This World Rocks

Learn how the different types of rocks are made as part of the rock cycle. Use some of our amazing examples of rocks and minerals from around the world to find out what rocks are made of, how we can tell the differences between them and how they come to be used in some very unlikely places!

What's It Like To Study Chemistry at Newcastle? (WiLtSCaN) Days

A full day visit to the School of Chemistry for year 12 AS Chemistry students who are going to study A2 Chemistry to show them what a typical day as a Chemistry undergraduate at Newcastle University might be like.

Year 8 and 10 Maths Challenges and Quizzes

The School of Mathematics & Statistics runs the Challenge and Senior Challenge for Years 8 and 10. The questions are sent out in January to all local schools and anyone else who has registered an interest. The deadline for returning entries is on the front page of the Challenge but is usually early in March. The best entrants, along with teachers, family and friends are invited to a prize-giving evening at Newcastle University in May.

Young Coastal Guardians Fighting Against Marine Pollution

Pollution of the marine environment occurs through various routes, including oil spillage and sewage. Because of our increasing reliance on plastics as a convenience in our daily lives, our ocean ecosystems are under particular threat from their accidental release into the oceans.

Zombie Apocalypse

This is a scenario-based activity in which the students must decide the course of action to take against a deadly virus that is turning humans into zombies across the UK. Students make a plan to survive by building a shelter, deciphering coded messages and finding food. This is designed as an enrichment event and encompasses concepts of science, maths and engineering.

Night at the Museum

Night at the Museum gives Year 8 students the opportunity to discover more about university life in a fun and unusual way. Pupils will get to explore the campus and experience an overnight stay at the Great North Museum: Hancock. The programme will include interactive educational sessions, team building projects and social activities.

Martin Luther King in the UK: A resource pack for teachers

Inspired Choices

Gertrude Bell: Archaeologist, Writer, Explorer

Comics about the famous Gertrude Bell (1868-1926). She travelled round the world twice, investigated archaeological sites through the Syrian Desert to Asia Minor, and became a powerful force in Iraqi politics. These digital comics present snapshots of Gertrude’s life and work.

Nineteenth Century Newcastle upon Tyne

Step back in time and see what Newcastle used to be like in this interactive workshop. Using a variety of primary sources students will find out about aspects of 19th century Newcastle, e.g. mining, medicine and housing.

Amazing Archives

Find out about some of the amazing items in Newcastle University Library's Archives and Special Collections, from some socks used as evidence in a murder trial to a seventeenth century recipe book, then see what you've learned by having a go at our quiz!

Thomas Baker Brown: the story of a local Tommy

Read a comic about Thomas Baker Brown, a local lad from North Shields who served in the First World War, then have a go at creating your own World War I comic using primary source material from the Thomas Baker Brown archive.

Freedom City 2017 - Freedom Comics Learning Framework

Freedom City Comics anthology presents snapshots of the history of civil rights and politics on Tyneside.

Health and the People GCSE Revision Website

Health and the People History GCSE revision website, with fun, interactive games, timeline, videos and downloadable revision notes.


Simulates the kind of income and expenditure students will experience during their time at university. Students will practise planning and managing their finances.

Careers card game

Download this set of game cards comparing different career paths.

10- Second Takeover

The Graduate Ambassadors put students' communication and presentation skills to the test. Students must think on their feet to speak for 10 seconds about a certain topic.

Accommodation Tours

There are many factors to consider when choosing accommodation during the first year at university. We offer tours of a variety of accommodation, reflecting differences in facilities and price. Accommodation Tours are led by current students and give prospective students the opportunity to see what it's like to live in one of our sites situated closest to campus (most are within a 10 minute walk).

ACE on Tour

ACE has been one of our most popular on campus events for over 10 years and now we’re bringing it to your school, complete with current Newcastle University students.

Applying to University

Essential information about the admissions process through UCAS and CUKAS. A 10-step guide to applying, some do’s and don’ts, key deadlines and how best to research courses.

Bitesize Uni Summer School

Bitesize Uni (BSU) is a four-day, three night residential summer school for Year 12/first-year college students.

Bright Futures

This session will broaden students' perseption of what university can offer them, not only through study but through the university experience as a whole. It also highlights a range of transferable skills that university can develop and gives examples of graduate success stories.

Budgeting Bonanza

A fast-moving activity, in which students must use their decision making skills to effectively balance the costs of studying and their social life.

Campus Explorers (Year 5)

Campus Tours

Campus Tours are a great opportunity for students to have a look round the University campus and see facilities such as, the students' union, the Library, the Sports Centre and other University buildings. The walking tours are led by current university students so pupils can ask any questions that they may have about student life at Newcastle University.

Careers Adviser Activity: University Options

Students study the profiles of students in Year 12 on these downloadable resources who are thinking about going to University. They then use these and other information provided to give them advice on where to go to university, what course to do and what options they have available to them.

Careers Adviser Activity: Which University?

Students study the different profiles of students in Year 10 and above in the downloads provided and give them advice on what A levels to do, what course to study at university and which university to go to using the other information provided.

Careers Advisor

Careers Advisor puts the students in the place of an advisor in order to help them develop their understanding of the considerations students make when applying to higher education.

Careers card game

Download this set of game cards comparing different career paths.

Choosing the Right Course and University

Delivered as a presentation or as a game-show inspired workshop, we put students head-to-head to find out who has (or hasn't) done their university research. With useful websites, statistics and things to consider, this session will leave your students with plenty to ponder!

CPD for Teachers and School Leaders

Newcastle University School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences offers a range of CPD programmes for teachers and school leaders to develop teachers and school leaders at all levels.

Crash Course Quiz

The Graduate Ambassadors host an interactive quiz that invites students to consider a range of university courses. The session involves matching celebrities to the courses they studied, guessing if courses are real or not and a ‘course scramble.’

Custom Activities - Anything you like!

We’ll work with you to build a custom workshop to help your students learn about the topics which are important to them.

Discovering courses at Higher Education

This activity session combines the three faculties of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), HaSS (Humanities and Social Sciences) and Medical Sciences giving students an introduction to the opportunities available at Higher Education in each of these subject areas.

Family Fortunes

The Graduate Ambassadors lead a fun and interactive session for students to learn about the benefits of Higher Education, student life and graduate employability.


Simulates the kind of income and expenditure students will experience during their time at university. Students will practise planning and managing their finances.


An interactive game in which students work in a team to build up their CV with the skills required to gain a graduate job.

Graduate Ambassadors

Graduate Ambassadors are recent graduates of the University. They are able to offer a fresh, realistic and unique insight into university life from first-hand experience.

Higher Education Fairs

Representatives from Newcastle University attend over 40 higher education fairs throughout the UK. Most of the fairs we attend are UCAS events, so you can find out more about when the event is taking place, location details and opening times from UCAS.

Higher Education: An Intelligent Investment

The Graduate Ambassadors host a session that will broaden students’ perception of what university can offer them, not only through study but through the university experience as a whole. It also highlights a range of transferable skills that university can develop and gives information on graduate employment.

Higher Education: An Investigation

Cryptic clues, secret symbols and quiz questions allow students to learn about different aspects of higher education.

How to Research in a University Library

This interactive workshop offers your students the opportunity to research and study in Newcastle University's Library. The workshop is supported with taught sessions on research skills, plagiarism, referencing, searching for resources as well as providing a useful introduction to university life.

Invent a Course

The Graduate Ambassadors facilitate a group work activity in which students work together to design their ideal course. They will think of modules to study, celebrity lecturers and what skills the course will provide.

Investigate Your Future

Investigate Your Future is an event for Year 9 students which aims to help them with the decisions that they will have to make over the next few years with the focus on building decision making, research and employability awareness and skills.

Living on a Student Budget

An overview of a typical student budget, including hints and tips on how to make money stretch a little further. Students will learn how to manage their money and the importance of prioritising their outgoings.

Making the Transition

The Graduate Ambassadors highlight the differences between school/college and university. Students will receive advice on what to take to university, budgeting and settling in.

Newcastle University Challenge

Our quiz tests students on their general (university) knowledge, and what they don’t already know, they’ll learn more about. Separate quizzes are offered for years 12 and 13.

Newcastle University Talks and Tours

Newcastle University Talks and Tours are tailor-made events that schools and colleges can request. You can choose how long the visit to the University campus lasts, and which topic(s) you would like us to cover. We can cater for all age groups and numbers of students. NUTTS visits typically include time for a Student Ambassador led campus tour.

North East Teaching Schools' Partnership

NETSP consists of Teaching Schools from different parts of the region - Sacred Heart Catholic High School, Newcastle; Carmel College, Darlington; St John Vianney and Holy Trinity Primary Schools, Hartlepool; St. Thomas More High School, Gateshead; Whitley Bay High School, North Tyneside; The Sele and Prudhoe West First Schools, Northumberland) - and Newcastle University.

Parent and Carer Evenings

The Student Recruitment Team are available, at no cost to your institution, to speak to parents/carers about any aspects of Higher Education.

PARTNERS Programme Supported Entry Route

The PARTNERS Programme Supported Entry Route could enable eligible students to receive a conditional offer from the University that's lower than the typical offer for the degree programme(s) they have applied for. The offer is slightly lower as they also have to complete and pass an Assessed Summer School.

PARTNERS Programme Supported Entry Route Presentation

The PARTNERS Programme supported entry route is Newcastle University's access scheme. It offers a range of support and opportunities to eligible young people to help them make a successful application to Newcastle University. This talk explains what PARTNERS is, the eligibility criteria, what the benefits are for your students and how to apply.

Preparing your Personal Statement

This interactive workshop gets students thinking about what they could include on their personal statement. After a series of verbal and kinesthetic tasks, they’ll also have a good idea of their strengths and how to address their weaknesses.

Raising Aspirations Partnership

Newcastle University, Northumbria University and University of Sunderland have formed the Raising Aspirations Partnership. The Partnership aims to support young people between the age of 10 and 16 to make informed decisions about higher education. Over the next few months the Partnership will be developing a programme of activities and events for young people, their parents, carers and advisors.

Real Deal Parent and Carer Event

It's not just students who need the answers... Parents and carers often have just as many questions about the decisions their child/ward is making and most importantly, whether their decisions are the right ones.

Realising Opportunities

Newcastle University is the lead institution for Realising Opportunities - a unique collaboration of research intensive universities working together to promote fair access and social mobility of students from under-represented groups

Request Newcastle University to visit your School/College

We offer a comprehensive and innovative programme of presentations, interactive activities and workshops that can be delivered in your school/college as part of an assembly, parents' evening programme or any other in-school event

Sixth Form Study Skills Day

Study Skills Days provide your students with the opportunity to visit our campus, meet current students and also begin to develop the skills they will need both in years 12/13 and for their transition to higher education. They will attend sessions on research skills, finding resources, plagiarism and referencing, as well as note-taking and academic writing. There will also be the opportunity to have a campus tour.

Sixth Form Study Skills Website

This website is designed to help you develop the skills you need to succeed in your Sixth Form studies and ease the transition from school or college to university. By completing the fun, interactive activities on this website you will learn about academic libraries and how to find and evaluate resources as well as about plagiarism and referencing.

Student Finance

A one-stop shop for information on student finance. Students will learn about the latest information regarding tuition fees, maintenance loans, bursaries, scholarships and loan repayments.

Student Fortunes

What’s the best thing about university? Which are the most popular subjects? Where do students spend their time?

Student Life

From Freshers’ Week to student finance, we’ve got it covered. This interactive session allows students to explore topics which are most important to them told from the perspective of recent graduates or current students.

Student Panel

We'll be happy to bring along a handful of undergraduate for an 'ask us anything!' session, subject to availability.

Student Suitcase

The Graduate Ambassadors deliver essential information about the admissions process UCAS and CUKAS. A ten-step guide to applying, some do's and don'ts, key deadlines and how best to research courses.

Students Into Schools

Student tutors are University undergraduates who work alongside teachers in local schools and colleges to support learners with their studies, provide a positive role model and help raise aspirations.

Study Skills

University study can be quite different from GCSEs and A-Levels. Our study skills workshops can be customised to focus on note-taking, essay writing or revision techniques.

Study Skills

The Graduate Ambassadors oversee a session where the group will draw a student and will then work together to share ideas on what the student might do, look like and think about.

The Personal Statement and UKCAT Test

A workshop designed to help students considering applying to Medicine and Dentistry write their UCAS personal statements and prepare for the UKCAT test. The session covers what to include in the statement, how to write and structure the statement and tips and practice on the UKCAT test.


UniVenture is an opportunity for your Year 7 pupils to take part in a range of fun, interactive and educational sessions assisted by current University students in order to increase their awareness of Higher Education, raise their aspirations and improve their teamwork skills.


Graduate Ambassadors deliver essential information about the admissions process UCAS and CUKAS. A ten-step guide to applying, some do's and don'ts, key deadlines and how best to research courses.

University Articulate

A fast-paced game that tests students’ knowledge and understanding of university jargon. Students will gain an insight into courses, famous graduates, sports and societies and other aspects of student life.

University Safari

University Safari is an opportunity for Year 6 pupils to visit Newcastle University for the day. Pupils will take part in a range of interactive sessions related to university and will be assisted by current university students throughout the day as ‘Student Safari Guides’! This event will increase students' awareness of Higher Education and raise their aspirations whilst improving teamwork skills.

University Survival Guide

This Year 10 residential event will give you a taste of what student life is really like as you spend your time on campus and stay in university accommodation. The programme will include a host of fun activities, subject tasters and social events allowing you to meet current undergraduate students and learn more about studying at university.

Visit Bursary - For Schools and Colleges

We have a Visit Bursary available to support the travel costs associated with bringing your students to events on campus. These funds can be used towards costs incurred by your students or the school/college (state schools/colleges only) when visiting Newcastle University campus, such as for travel or staff cover.

Visit Pack for Teachers

The Student Recruitment Team have produced a Visit Pack with the aim of making your visit to Newcastle University as easy as possible and to reduce the administration that you have to do. In this pack you will find all the information you could need, as well as templates of useful forms that you can use. You can also access a campus map and information on how best to travel to Newcastle University.

Welcome to the Toon!

A whistle stop tour through Newcastle University campus, the city of Newcastle and the North East region. This presentation highlights facilities available on our campus, what Newcastle, as a city, has to offer and places of interest in the wider region. The audience even get to participate in a Geordie quiz!

What is Teachers' Toolkit? - The Talk for Teachers

Would you like more information about Teachers' Toolkit and how you and your school can use it? We can provide a short talk and Q&A session which can slot into staff meetings, training days or other staff events you are running in your school or organisation. All we need to know is when and where you would like us to attend and we will arrange a Newcastle University representative to come along.

Who wants to be a Finance Guru?

The Graduate Ambassadors deliver a session where all of the information given in the Student Finance presentation, is conveyed in an interactive format. The workshop takes the form of a game show where students work their way from ‘Clueless’ to ‘Finance Guru’.

Who wants to be a Graduate Millionaire?

The Graduate Ambassadors host an interactive quiz in which students will learn more about HE and the institutions and courses that are available.

Writing your Personal Statement

Students will learn about structure, skills and standing out. We’ll share a few useful hints and tips before playing ‘Celebrity UCAS’, an activity that tests their creativity and wit when it comes to writing personal statements.

Year 12 Subject Skills Conference

Developed in conjunction with University academic staff and Year 12 school teachers, this conference is designed to give your students a taste of what studying a particular subject at university is like.